RantCrush Top 5: March 17, 2017
Happy St. Patrick's Day! Welcome to RantCrush Top 5, where we take you through today’s top five controversial stories in the world of law and policy. Who’s ranting and raving right now? Check it out below:
You would think that Thinx, the company that set out to revolutionize women’s periods by making period-proof underwear, would have a pretty feminist workplace. But a few days ago, Racked revealed that for many female employees it was not great at all. Several former employees alleged that the company was permeated by dysfunction and hypocrisy, including clashes between the CEO and team members, a “volatile work environment,” and only two weeks of paid maternal leave. Allegedly, 10 people have left the 35-person company since January.
— Shane (@shaneferro) March 14, 2017
Then on Tuesday, transgender and agender–identifying as having no particular gender–model Tyler Ford took to Twitter to tell their story about how Thinx humiliated them when collaborating. At first, the company said it already had a transgender model, making Ford feel like a prop to make the company look “cool” and “intersectional.” Then Thinx asked Ford an invasive question regarding their period. Later on, Ford was asked to appear with another transgender model to read harassing quotes on stage. That was the last straw, and Ford dropped out. A lot of people are outraged and disappointed, and Thinx will probably have to do some serious work to get back in consumers’ good graces.
we get this script texted to us from (& written by) veronica. 5 mins before we meet her to discuss. cw: transphobia (screenshots) pic.twitter.com/IU9JgByCzS
— Tyler Ford (@tywrent) March 14, 2017